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Publisher's Summary

"I think gay guys like weddings more than anyone. And it's not because we want to destroy marriage, like some people say. It's because we really, really want to get married!"

Russel Middlebrook is gettin' hitched! The wedding is taking place in a remote lodge on an island in Puget Sound. Russel and his husband-to-be have invited all their close friends to spend the whole weekend together beforehand. And for the first time in his life, Russel is determined to not be neurotic, and not over-think things.

But that's before things start going wrong. Who expected a dead killer whale to wash up on the beach below the inn? And what's this about a windstorm approaching? Then there's the problem of Russel's anxious fiancé, who is increasingly convinced the whole thing is going to be a disaster.

Meanwhile, the wedding is taking place near the ruins of a small town, Amazing, where, a hundred years earlier, the people supposedly all disappeared overnight. Why does it feel like the secret at the end of the road to Amazing has something to do with Russel's own future? Can Russel's friends Min, Gunnar, Vernie, and Otto somehow help him make it all make sense?

The Road to Amazing, the final book in the Russel Middlebrook Futon Years trilogy, is a story about endings and beginnings, and also about growing up and growing older. But mostly it's a story about love and friendship - about how it's not the destination that makes a life amazing, but the people you meet along the way.

©2016 Brent Hartinger (P)2016 Audible, Inc.

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So happy my favorite characters are back!

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I basically binge listened to first The Thing I Didn’t Know I Didn’t Know then Barefoot in the City of Broken Dreams. While I liked the first, I didn’t particularly connect with the second, so I started The Road to Amazing with a bit of trepidation worried I might not like it.

I needn’t have worried. Hartinger brings back all the characters I’ve loved and sets a really sweet tone amidst the chaos of a wedding weekend where so much goes wrong. Dead Orca on the beach below your wedding venue? Check. Huge storms knocking out power? Check. Wedding guests not being able to get to the island the wedding is happening on? Check.

However, through it all Russel keeps his cool (with a lot of help from his friends) and calms nervous groom Kevin (with a lot of help from their friends).

For me, it’s truly the supporting cast that makes this series fun, but what makes it really enjoyable is narrator Josh Hurley. I’ll say it again, Josh Hurley really does an excellent job with the different character voices. I also love how he portrays the myriad of expressed character emotions.

And can I just give a shout out to my boy Gunnar? You may not be easily understood, but you are definitely one of my favorite characters! Love you, boo!

I’ve enjoyed my time with Russel, Kevin and the gang. My wish for the future? I hope, if there are more installments, that Hartinger will open up the points of view to include Kevin and Minh, Gunnar and/or Otto.

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Amazing life lessons

Gay or not, this story has a message for everyone. Very entertaining and a joy to listen to.

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This was s such a great ending to the series. I really loved that Russel was the cool one under pressure this time around. It was nice that we got to see him trying to help Kevin for once. Kevin was such a solid presence for Russel in the the last book that it was great to see the roles reversed here. It was also wonderful to get the gang back together from the first book and get to meet Kevin's college roommate. Just a great finish to this series.

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I enjoyed the performance; the actor is very good but the plot is very poor.

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An amazing Love story

I honestly enjoyed the trilogy. However, this was by far the best in terms of romance and love triumphing.

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Amazing

The narrator has described all the trials in life of a young gay man along with the emotions of the heart and mind, the reality of good friends and the meaning of commitment.

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Narcissistic Beginning to End

Political and emotional tripe pandering to a Woke generation full of hypocrisy. All the pretense of a deep examination of gay existence with the use of the worse stereotypes and bigoted posturing.

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An Amazing Story full of humor and wisdom

This story and the series was cleverly written and made me chuckle and laugh out loud. Russel is an endearing character and I enjoyed every minute of listening to his thoughts as he struggled with growing up and committing to his soul mate. Thank you.

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The series is a good comfort listen

I binged all of these and I really like them. Unfortunately I pretty much liked every character except Russell. He’s kind of whiny, pretty self involved, and he never really takes a lot of action. He waits around overthinking and lets everybody around him make the decisions for him. (Especially in this book) Then he act surprised when people around him act even remotely capable, and pats himself on the back for showing even a vague interest in the lives of the people around him.

As much as Russell pisses me off, these books still kept me smiling and yelling out loud at Russell. All of the surrounding characters are great, the writing is great, and the narrator is great. Overall would recommend 8/10!

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Better than you expect

Okay, so the plotting is pretty much what you expect, conventional. But there are some insightful cadenzas and a couple of arias worth slowing down for. Strong character roster.
And a faithful performance—a reliable narrator after all.